Today we are going to review the HTC One on Sprint. Of course the first thing we should do is go over all of the specs of the HTC One:

  • 4.7-inch LCD Display (1080x1920p)
  • Dual front-facing speakers
  • 4 “ultrapixel” rear camera
  • 2.1 megapixel front camera
  • 1.7 quad-core Snapgragon 600 processor
  • Android 4.1.2 (Sense 5)
  • 2300 mAH battery

I used the HTC One for a couple of weeks before I decided to review it in order to get a solid grasp of the phone. Needless to say I fell in love with the HTC One, its screen was the first thing that struck me. The screen is so crisp and beautiful and in my course of using it I got many compliments on just the display itself. The edge to edge screen compliments the unibody design that the HTC One sports, the entire phone is carved from a single piece of aluminum.

What good is a beautiful crisp display if you can’t look at the beautiful pictures you take on it. Good thing you can with this phone’s camera because the pictures it take are great. They aren’t going to be as detailed as the Galaxy S4’s 13MP camera but the pictures will have truer colors. But the one place this camera really shines is in the low light department, this is where the ultrapixel branding comes into play. They are called ultrapixels instead of mega pixels because apparently they can take in more light and this is true. In low light situations phone camera’s are usually terrible but the One shines here, low light pictures come out bright and beautiful, capturing everything that can be seen by the human eye. Sure you have to give up a megapixel or two to get such great low light performance but it’s definitely worth it in a lot of situations.

So how does the most important part of the phone perform? The UI is decent. Yes I said it, it is decent. While I’ve grown to love Sense 5 it definitely has it’s flaws, for instance not allowing you to share a screenshot you’ve taken from your notification panel like every other smart phone does. Other annoyances with Sense 5 are the app drawer, camera app, and difficulty moving apps around and uninstalling them from the phone. Besides those annoyances Sense 5 is a great UI and is moving in the right direction, not to mention the fact that the 4.2 update that has hit some HTC One’s has fixed all of these problems and more so I can’t really complain.

Using the One was a joy and I will continue to use it as my daily driver. Speaking of this there is one more thing I would like to mention in this review, the battery performance. All I can say is that it was better than what I desire in a phone battery, it gets me through my day everyday without fail. I usually take my phone off the charger at 8:30 AM and use it all day and put it on the charger at around 11:30 PM with about 30% battery life left. And trust me I use my phone for everything throughout the day, social media, videos, music streaming, internet browsing. Overall the HTC One is a great phone and in my opinion the best phone of the first half of 2013.

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Nicholas Terry

Nicholas Terry

(Author) - I am currently attending college to receive my degree in Computer Science with a pipe dream to someday work at Google. I love everything about android and smartphones and always love learning more about them or anything else tech wise. I also love developing Android apps and learning new types of code in my spare time. My current devices I use are my LG Optimus G and Nexus 7, Pebble watch is still on the way.
Nicholas Terry